Belarus Programme

The Belarus Grants Programme aims to empower civil society organizations, initiatives and groups in Belarus to advance human rights and civic participation in decision making.

We reaffirm our commitment to supporting Belarusian civil society to maintain its relevance, and influence on processes in the country by raising awareness of social and political issues and maintaining and increasing its social capital on the ground in Belarus.

We are particularly interested in projects that:

  • Offer ways for civil society organizations, initiatives and activists to synchronize their agendas to have a consistent approach towards social and political processes in country;
  • Support Belarusian civil society to continue to influence social and political processes in Belarus, by creating and offering to the citizens an alternative, fact-based narrative of the ongoing developments in the country;
  • Work directly with Belarusian citizens to gain enough knowledge and skills, and build a network of like-minded peers, to become active participants in the social and political processes in their country.

In this call, we are offering three grants up to 40,000 euros.

Who is eligible to apply:

Belarusian non-governmental, non-political, non-religious, non-profit civil society organizations, initiatives and groups regardless of their registration status, working towards democratic development of Belarus.  

Human rights-based approach (HRBA) serves as a basis for evaluating submitted projects. This approach involves empowering and enabling people to exercise their rights, while at the same time increasing accountability and capacities of institutions and individuals responsible for the provision of those rights. ForumCiv focuses on the responsibilities of governments to guarantee the human rights and civil liberties of their citizens and bring lasting structural changes to society.

Therefore, we support proposals that actively work towards sustainable changes in their societies at a local and/or national level, around social inclusion of discriminated people and active popular participation in decision-making, influencing the recognition and respect of human rights and enabling cross-sectorial and innovative cooperation with different actors.

Unfortunately, we are not able to support media projects, nor humanitarian missions. 

The proposed project should plan starting in December 2023, and ending no later than May 2024. The budget can be up to 40,000 euros.

To apply, click here and fill in our online concept note form. 

The ideas for projects that are relevant for the context of Belarus and priorities of the Programme will be assessed within 2 weeks from the reception of the application. All applicants will be notified about the decision on Signal - please ensure you are reachable on Signal. All forms can be filled out in English or Russian languages.


The call for applications is now open until October 10. However, grants are given on first come, first served basis, therefore the call for proposals might be closed earlier, if enough good applications are received.

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